UK Deaf Sport now has a team has one member of staff focused on developing greater opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people to reach their potential in sport and develop a world leading system for deaf sport in the UK to grow.

Valerie Copenhagen – Head of Participation

I joined UK Deaf Sport in November 2016 and my role is Head of Participation. This involves working with a range of different sports, partners, members of the Deaf communities and local organisations to remove barriers and support ways for Deaf children, young people and adults to positively participate in sports and physical activities. Another area of my work is to seek funding to support our work at UK Deaf Sport. My background is mainly in programme management and my previous place of work for over ten years was National Deaf Children’s Society. I am deaf and wear hearing aids. In my spare time I like to be active playing tennis and netball whilst also carrying out other volunteering roles in my community.

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Paul Challinor – Engagement Officer

I joined UK Deaf Sport in February 2016, my roles is as an Engagement Officer. This involves the development and implementation of effective marketing of services and customer engagement.  I have the responsibility of updating UK Deaf Sport online social media platforms (being a profoundly Deaf  BSL user I will be creating fully accessible videos for the website), to maintain the bespoke database systems, along with various administrational tasks to support staff to provide a great service to all clients. My background is mainly in Event Management; I was one of the founding members of Sign Circle, which is now the largest Deaf outdoor event in the UK. In my spare time I enjoy carp fishing, I am still yet to catch a 40+lb carp…

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